Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Costco, Sam’s Club remove meat products amid salmonella outbreak

The Fratelli Beretta brand Antipasto Gran Beretta, sold at Costco, and Busseto brand Charcuterie Sampler, sold at Sam’s Club, are potentially contaminated with salmonella. They are no longer on shelves in either retailer nationwide and should be thrown away. (Courtesy USDA)

A salmonella outbreak in 22 states may be linked to meat products sold at Costco and Sam’s Club. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a public health alert in its regard.

The Fratelli Beretta brand Antipasto Gran Beretta, sold at Costco, and Busseto brand Charcuterie Sampler, sold at Sam’s Club, are potentially contaminated with salmonella. They are no longer on shelves in either retailer nationwide.

From Nov. 20, 2023 through Jan. 1, 2024, there have been 47 reported cases of salmonella in different states — it does not currently include North Carolina. Investigations into the outbreaks, led by the FDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, CDC, and public state health officials, have been underway. 

The state of Minnesota was able to identify the outbreak strain from an unopened Busseto brand charcuterie sampler. This led to the Jan. 3, 2024 recall of 11,907 pounds of Busseto Foods ready-to-eat charcuterie meat products.

FSIS recommends products with labels “EST. 7543B” and/or “EST. 47967” to be discarded immediately. Consumption of products contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, a common bacterial foodborne illness. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within six hours to six days after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts four to seven days. A healthcare provider should be contacted.  

Consumers with questions regarding the public health alert should contact the Busseto Recall Hotline at 866-552-4916. 


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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